Confusion, darkness muddle finish at PGA Champ.

By Jason CrookAugust 11, 2014, 4:07 am

LOUISVILLE, Ky. –  A long day at the PGA Championship ended in the dark with a deserving champion. But it was how we got there that will be talked about in the aftermath of Rory McIlroy’s fourth major victory.

Because of a 1 hour, 51 minute rain delay Sunday afternoon, the final two groups played the18th hole as night fell over Valhalla, and almost as a foursome.

“I suggested that we play up as a four. I didn’t know if they wanted to do that or not. You know, to get this thing finished; and (Rickie Fowler and Phil Mickelson) didn’t need to do that, they could’ve just left us on the tee box and just play normally, but they showed a lot of class and a lot of sportsmanship by doing that,” said McIlroy.

Letting players in groups behind yours tee off is a common occurrence when darkness is falling, because being off the tee when the horn blows gives players the option to finish the hole. The confusion in this instance came on the approach shots.

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Fowler and Mickelson gave McIlroy and playing companion Bernd Wiesberger the go-ahead to hit their approach shots before they putted out … unless they didn’t.

“I believe from the official that Rickie and Rory spoke about playing up on the second shot,” said Kerry Haigh, chief championships officer for the PGA. “If the players agree to it, then certainly the officials allowed it.”

Fowler disagreed with this notion, though he stopped short of placing blame on the situation for letting another major slip though his fingers.

“We were cool with hitting the tee shot. We weren’t expecting the approach shots,” he said. “In a way they never got out of rhythm as far as hitting the golf shots. Like I said, I don’t think it really changes much.”

Of course, the whole situation was caused by the rain delay, which occurred at 12:53 p.m. ET. On the heels of the R&A moving up tee times and going off split tees at last month’s British Open for the first time in 143 years to avoid storms, Haigh was asked why the PGA didn’t adopt a similar approach.

“The forecast today was the same as the forecast yesterday, and the forecast yesterday was a reasonable chance of showers and they could either hit us or miss us,” said Haigh. “There was no real consideration given to moving the tee times forward.”

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

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